Ohio hits the road Wednesday to face rival Miami in a game that will have major implications on the Mid-American Conference tournament standings. The Bobcats are still hopefuls in the MAC title race, and a win would secure them a first-round bye in the tournament. This is Ohio’s most important game of the year.

Game Information 

Opponent: Miami (21-6, 12-4 Mid-American Conference)

Gametime: 7 p.m.

Place: Millet Hall (Oxford, Ohio) 

Where to watch : ESPN+

How to listen: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/ohio/ 

Meet the opponent:

Starters

13 Lauren Dickerson 

32 Savannah Kluesner 

21 Leah Purvis 

40 Kendall McCoy

24 Baleigh Reid 

Reserves 

10 Kristen Leverling 

11 Taylor Kennedy 

1 Alexis Straw 

23 Kenzie Schmitz 

35 Abbey Hoff

54 Kelly McLaughlin 

Individual stats leaders 

Points per game: Dickerson (16.1)

Rebounds per game: Kluesner (8.1)

Steals: Dickerson (63)

Field goal percentage: Kluesner (.503) 

3-point percentage: McCoy (.390)

Free throw percentage: McCoy (.871)

Team stats compared to Ohio’s  

Points per game: 67.9 (80.2) 

Rebounds per game: 38.1 (37.5)

Steals: 7.1 (10.4)

Field goal percentage: .424 (.442)

3-point percentage: .317 (.367)

Free throw percentage .715  (.689)

Series History 

Ohio trails in the all-time series 32-57. The last time the Bobcats and Redhawks played was on Jan. 30, when Miami rallied in the fourth quarter to steal a 67-61 win in Athens. The Bobcats have lost the last four meetings against Miami. 

Players to watch

Miami’s junior guard Lauren Dickerson will be a key player in this game. In the first meeting this season, Ohio held Dickerson to seven points at halftime. Ohio was in control and looked like it’d be able to cruise to a win. That was until Dickerson led the comeback charge in the second half by adding 21 more points.

What does this game mean?

If Ohio wins, it will secure a first-round bye in the conference tournament. If it loses, Ohio could possibly fall out of the top four seeds and be forced to play a home game before getting a bid to Cleveland. A win would give Bob Boldon the record for most wins as a coach and snap a four game losing streak to the RedHawks. 

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